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Andrei Arshavin is all set to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window after failing to impress the Arsenal manager in these couple of years with the London club.

Andrei Arshavin drew a lot of comparisons with Lionel Messi after performing exceptionally well in the 2008 European Championships in Switzerland and Austria. A number of clubs including the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in signing the Russian, who decided to move to England in a £ 18 million deal from Zenit St Petersburg. Even though he initially impressed during the first few months at Arsenal, Andrei Arshavin can largely be described as a failure with the Gunners.

It is thought that Arsenal will be willing to take a small kit in terms of the transfer fee by allowing Andrei Arshavin to move to Russia in the January transfer window. It is thought that a fee of around £ 18 million could be almost impossible to expect from the Russian, but Arsenal think that a fee of £ 12 million could be enough to draw potential suitors towards a Arshavin. The money raised from the sale is expected to be invested back into the team unlike the deals involving Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.

Andrei Arshavin has had three seasons at the Emirates Stadium. However, he has failed to produce the magic that was initially expected of him and the ones that he delivered during the 2008 European Championships. However, Andrei Arshavin will think that he could had the chances to succeed in North London had he been used more centrally by the manager. Arsene Wenger has been inclined to using the Russian playmaker as a winger, which has necessarily not suited the fragile built player. A move back to Russia is expected to revive his career.